Strakka Racing has unveiled its new Honda Performance Development ARX-03c in which it will challenge for top LMP1 Privateer honours in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship as well as at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Strakka Racing’s upgraded 2013-specification HPD ARX-03c was revealed in central London last week, ahead of its race debut at the 6 Hours of Silverstone on Sunday 14 April.
“We’re really excited to unveil this year’s challenger which we expect to fight for the LMP1 Privateers’ trophy,” explained Dan Walmsley, Strakka Racing Team Manager. “We’ve had a frantic winter getting the new HPD ARX-03c ready with some big performance upgrades.”
Under the latest HPD ARX-03c’s sleek carbon fibre bodywork, the car features wider Michelin front tyres, new front suspension geometry, a new steering configuration and a completely new front bodywork and aero package. The car will be powered, as last year, by a 3.4-litre normally aspirated Honda V8 petrol engine.
As an obvious tribute to the Silverstone based team’s nationality, the sports prototype carries a huge Union Flag emblazoned upon its shark fin. The flag also celebrates the fact that Strakka Racing is, once again, fielding the only all-British LMP1 driver line-up in this year’s WEC – with Nick Leventis (London), Danny Watts (Buckingham) and Jonny Kane (Thame) driving together for a fourth consecutive season. The trio’s greatest success to date came at Le Mans in 2010 when they not only won the LMP2 category but also finished a remarkable fifth overall in their HPD ARX-01c.